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Language: Old English
Origin: byrthen

burden

1 noun
     
bur‧den1 S3 W3
1 [countable] something difficult or worrying that you are responsible for
burden of
The burden of taxation has risen considerably.
burden on
I don't like being a burden on other people.
Nothing can lift the burden from my shoulders.
2

the burden of proof

law the duty to prove that something is true
3 [countable] something that is carried [= load]

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